Parish Path Liaison Officers (PPLOs) are volunteers who work in partnership with Somerset County Council and their local parish/town council.
To keep the Rights of Way network open, Somerset relies on a network of volunteers, a key role being the PPLO. Their role is to monitor all the public paths in our parish, carry out small scale maintenance and report any significant issues to Somerset’s Public Rights of Way Team (PROW). The role is flexible, and the PPLO can become more involved in the maintenance of the Rights of Way network by supporting other volunteers in their area or other schemes nearby.
The PPLO role is one of the busiest of the roles. You are supported with a handbook, maps and a toolkit to help look after the local town path network. PPLOs are expected to be able to clear vegetation regularly from around gaps, gates, stiles, signposts, bridges and at other points where paths might become difficult to use. If you have a particularly large area to monitor or you know of other people who want to be involved, you can share the role and there could be other opportunities to volunteer for the town.
The PPLO role is supported by the Rights of Way team’s Volunteer and Trails Officer – if you would like to speak to him about the role, please visit https://www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteer-with-the-public-rights-of-way-team/